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Copthorne U13 Netball Versatility Tournament

9th March 2018

Fresh off their IAPS, the girls took part in a fun versatility tournament held at Copthorne. Matches lasted 10 minutes one way, with players following a set rotation after each game.

Copthorne’s first game was against Duke of Kent who they beat 8-1 with great goals coming from Ruby. With quick turnovers after each game the girls soon found themselves up against Lancing. It was a much tighter, evenly matched game with both teams having non regular shooters in the scoring positions. The ball travelled many times between the posts without any conversions. As the game progressed, Copthorne eventually started taking their chances and edged into the lead and managed to maintain this until the end whistle. We then took on the overall tournament winners. Despite their best efforts Brambletye were too strong. We did end the game positively be scoring the last goal of the game. In the next round we played Great Walstead. Based on past experiences they were going to be another tough side, strong in all positions. The girls fought to the end and played some good netball but GW slowly edging away with a comfortable lead. Our second to last game was against Cottesmore who the girls beat in a previous encounter, but this being versatility anything could happen! This was true as Cottesmore had a score to settle and marked us really tightly forcing us into needlessly giving the ball away. Without much possession we could not get the ball up to our shooters therefor spending most of the game defending our half. With the final game against Hazelwood the girls were determined to get back on track and create more attacking plays. It was another close encounter with both teams trading goals. Hazelwood did unfortunately get the lead earlier on and although we fought to the end and started making a comeback, it is the team that takes their chances when it counts will win.

Well done to all the girls, you all put in a lot of effort and proved that many of you can be versatile, although our passing and shooting still needs further practice.